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right now. or you can do what nail-biting, self-loathing red sox fans do and text your response. we'll read the best responses later in the show. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this tuesday, september 20th. a lot to tell you about today, including the end as of five hours and 25 minutes ago of the united states military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. plus, the highly anticipated comedy central roast of that man, charlie sheen. boy, what an american freak show it was. bill shatner and mike tyson among the luminaries taking shots at sheen. we'll show you some clips later on. first, let's get to the news here at 30 rock in new york city. president obama is in new york city today for the united nations general assembly following meetings with libya. the president will shift his focus to afghanistan scheduling a visit with afghan president
ahmed karzai. he'll also be focusing on the palestinian question of statehood. the trip comes a day after unveiling his deficit reduction program. speaking in the white house rose garden, president obama got tough on his political opponents, threatening to veto any attempt to reduce the deficit using cuts alone. even before the president introduced the so-called buffett rule yesterday, several republicans were already complaining, calling it class warfare. president obama maintains, as he likes to say, he has a balanced approach. >> i reject the idea that asking a hedge fund manager to pay the same tax rate as a plumber or teacher is class warfare. either we gut education and medical research, or we have to reform the tax code so that the most profitable corporations
have to give up tax loopholes that other companies don't get. we can't afford to do both. this is not class warfare. it's math. >> speaking in his home state of ohio yesterday, house speaker john boehner responded to the president's recommendation to cut the nation's debt while ramping up the political rhetoric used by his political colleagues. >> i don't believe class warfare is leadership. you know, we could get into this tax the rich, tax the rich, but that is not -- that's not the basis for america. it's not going to get our economy going again. at a time when spending is out of control, giving the federal government more money would be like giving a cocaine addict more cocaine. >> wow. following the president's address, treasury secretary spoke to reporters in the white house briefing room saying the administration's plan to revamp the corporate tax code will be unveiled by the end of the year. secretary geithner announced the
white house will not offer suggestions to congress on how to achieve the proposed biffle rule. the "new york times" columnist has pushed for certain obama policies in the past but says this package has nothing to do with helping people. brooks writes this morning, this is a campaign marker, not a jobs bill. it recycles ideas that couldn't get passed even when democrats controlled congress. the washington post has a different view. she writes, obama finally gave his side something to stand for after too much uncertainty. he also showed that he's finally learning to negotiate. this late-term rally may be too late to save obama, but it is a welcome change. vice president joe biden heads to ohio today where he's expected to sell the president's american jobs act. the vice president will discuss how the plan had help small businesses around the country while urging congress to pass
the bill quickly. european markets are under pressure this morning the day after italy became the latest european country to suffer a debt downgrade. let's take an early look at the markets as we get all up in your business this morning. >> reporter: the ratings downgrade of italy by s&p was a bit of a surprise. most analysts expected moody's would be the first to down grgr italy. it's perceived as being a bigger problem than greece. italy is a much bigger economy. italy is the third biggest economy in the eurozone. they believe this move by s&p was driven more by speculation than by reality and that things really aren't that bad in italy.
certainly having a negative impact in the markets today. >> as you say, italy, a much, much different and much, much bigger animal than greece. i have to ask you about this netflix story. shares down 7% in yesterday's session. the company's customers are in an uproar. what's going on? >> reporter: they really are. what's happened at netflix is they have announced they are splitting the company into two portions. the dvd part of the business, which is moving to a new entity called qwikster. the streaming part of the business is remaining with netflix. customers are saying this has been handled very poorly. the announcements were handled poorly. the complaints are really flooding in. it's had a negative impact on the stock. that's really just adding to the woes of this share. back in july, they announced price hikes.
that's had a big impact on slowing subscriber growth. just another episode. >> customers feel like they're going to have to pay more money and now use two different websites. beccy, thank you so much. senior members of the obama administration are pushing back on claims in a new book that it claims the team of pushing their own agenda. "confidence men" says members of the economic council failed the president by not acting swiftly and promptly throughout the financial crisis. when the economic team does not like a decision by the president, they have on occasion worked to re-litigate the overall policy. once a decision is made, implementation by the department of treasury has at times been slow and uneven. the book also accused the treasury secretary of ignoring an order by the president to
develop a plan to restructure citi bank during the banking crisis two years ago. yesterday, geithner defended himself at the white house briefing. >> i haven't read this book, but to borrow phrase, i live the reality. the reports i've read about this book bear no resemblance to the reality we live together. no resemblance. >> geithner went on to call the book a complication of, quote, sad, little stories. white house press secretary jay carney also took the opportunity to dismantle the credibility of the book. >> what we know is that very simple things, facts that could be ascertained, dates, titles, statistics, quotes, are wrong in this book. so i think that -- in fact, one passage seems to be lifted entirely from wikipedia. based on that, i would caution anyone to assume that if you can't get those things right
that you suddenly get the broader analysis wrong. >> the author says he interviewed more than 200 people in researching. he stands by all of the information in the book. he will join us live a little bit later on "morning joe." a lot of questions. medical officials are now confirming that a tenth person has died after sustaining injuries in an air show tragedy in reno, nevada, last friday. this comes as new images of the accident involving that world war ii fighter jet have been released. fair warning, the pictures do show the moment of impact and could be disturbing. nbc news' george lewis has more. >> reporter: this new video provides the closest view yet of the p-51 mustang, a world war ii fighter, slamming into the ground. a man in the bleachers with his family shot the video.
>> to be honest, it's hard to talk about. there's about one to one and a half seconds he was pointed right at us and i start to flinch. miraculously for my family, he pulls up and misses the bleachers. >> reporter: the video and some earlier released still photos show part of the plane's tail section called a trim tab missing. investigators from the ntsb found it over the weekend. the plane also carried a video camera and a flight data recorder. the information stored on memory cards like this one. investigators think they've recovered some of the card and they're hoping to final useful data. the plane had been heavily modified for racing and the engine souped up for speed. the pilot, jimmy leeward. >> i know the speed. the systems aren't proven yet. we think they're going to be okay. >> reporter: but were they okay? that's one question investigators will try to answer. >> nbc's george lewis reporting this morning from reno, nevada. a spokesman says the
investigation likely will take months. and the pentagon formally repealing "don't ask, don't tell" today, ending the ban on gays serving in the military. the washington post, a day, at last, open and fear free. the law prevented gays from being kicked out of the military but required that sexual orientation be kept private. defense secretary leon panetta is expected to hold a news conference this afternoon at pentagon to mark the milestone. we'll have more later in the show. still ahead on "way too early" remember the helmet catch in the giants super bowl win a few years back? well, the giants got a grab last night that approached that one minus the super bowl stakes. monday night football highlights ahead in sports. plus, charlie sheen had a house party last night to watch his own funeral on the show he was
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weather from ryan phillips with us this week. >> willie, good morning to you. some extra clouds out there this morning. rain chances on the increase for the next few days across the northeast. maybe a pocket of sunshine from time to time. showers obviously moving across new york, across eastern pennsylvania, and down into west virginia. shower chances will be around for the next few days here across the northeast. it will be a little warmer. we're about five to ten degrees warmer than yesterday. 62 in new york. 62 in philadelphia. the cloud cover and shower chances certainly winning out. just keep the umbrellas around. we'll have the shower chances, but it's not going to rain all day, every day. across the u.s., we have two different fronts here. one in the east coast. one across the northern plains. that will be a cold one for the northern plains. at least in the deep south, lots of sunshine and in the 90s again down in texas. willie. >> all right, ryan. thanks so much. now for some sports. monday night football, giants hosting the rams. both teams looking for their first win after week one losses.
in the first quarter, the giants jumped out to an early lead after muffing a punt. rams really did not do themselves any favors last night. turning the ball over twice, including a lateral pass bouncing out of the hands of cadillac williams. he gave up on it, thought it was incomplete. see what he did there at the end? come on. throws the ball right in the face of the poor guy doing his job. few minutes later, time running down in the half. eli manning, look at that catch by dominic hixon. that's an unbelievable one-handed grab. could have givenup on it right there. reaches back. tip, tip, reeled in. great catch. eli threw for 200 yards and a couple touchdowns. giants beat the rams. wasn't pretty, but they got the win. giants have to put it together a little bit better now because they're going to play the eagles in philadelphia this week. to baseball, the red sox trying
to stay ahead of the rays in the a.l. wild card. they're not making it easy. a double header yesterday. they lost their first game to cut the lead to one and a half games over the rays. they had to win this game. red sox bats finally come alive. jacoby ellsbury, deep line drive to center field. ricochetted off the wall. ellsbury turns on the jets. relay throw not in time. a stand-up inside-the-park home run. red sox take game two. they win 18 -9 over the orioles. yesterday, yankees' closer mariano rhode islander haivera into the record books. the 41-year-old becomes baseball's all-time saves leader, notching his 602nd save, passing trevor hoffman on the list. he's the greatest closer of all
time. the yankees won 6-4 to keep their lead on the red sox. last night, the arizona diamondbacks' ian kennedy became the first 20-game winner against the pirates. struck out 12. former yankee. d-backs beat pittsburgh 1-0. arizona sneaky good, by the way. now have a five and a half game lead in the nl west. one last item. dallas mavericks owner mark cuban is joining warren buffett, jumping in now on the tax debate taking place in washington. in a post on his blog titled the most patriotic thing you can do, cuban writes this. quote, be patriotic. go out there and get rich. get so obnoxiously rich that when your tax bill comes, your first thought will be to choke on how big a check you have to write. your second thought will be, what a great problem to have. your third will be that in recognition of paying your
taxes, you're helping millions of americans not as fortunate as you. we should be encouraging people to make as much money as they can. profits equal tax money. while some people find it distasteful to pay taxes, i do not. i finds it patriotic. mark cuban on the rich paying taxes. coming up at the top of the hour on "morning joe," president obama decides it's time to stop trying to win over congressional republicans. we'll put his plan and the gop claims of class warfare to our morning panel. when we come back here, we'll huddle around the water cooler for events of the night. the comedy central roast of charlie sheen. "way too early" coming right back. id foundation that can settle into your lines and wrinkles and make you look older. like an apricot... or a prune. and i like both, i just don't want to look like one. covergirl and olay simply ageless foundation has regenerist serum and floats above lines and makes you look younger. you will look so young people will be like
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as we told you earlier, the era of "don't ask, don't tell" officially ended at 12:01 this morning, less than six hours ago. tell your friends that approximately 14,000 troops have been discharged from the united states military since "don't ask, don't tell" was adopted in 1993. those service members may now apply to rejoin the military. enough of the real news. let's huddle up around the water cooler to spend a long evening with charlie sheen. sounds fun? he had a houseful of people over last night. first, to watch the funeral for
his character on "two and a half men," the show he was fired from a few months ago. >> hello. i'm charlie's brother allen. i want to thank you all for coming. i know this is a very sad day for all of us. >> i loved him unconditionally. so you can imagine my horror when he slipped on the metro platform and fell in front of an oncoming train. >> hey, maybe i could sprinkle you on the beach. i mean, it's simple. it's dignified. all right. well, i guess now is as good a time as any. [ cheers and applause ] >> and that was the end of charlie sheen after eight years. out with the sheen and in with the kutcher.
a seamless transition for kutcher's character, a billionaire who had just thrown himself into the ocean because his wife left him. now he's going to be on the show. after that was over, sheen and that crowd at his place flipped over to the comedy central coast of charlie sheen, where sheen was a team player. jeff ross, for some reason, dressed as moammar gadhafi. >> give it up for the warlock. friends, roasters, enablers, lend mike tyson your ears. because this lineup is so pathetic, i was hoping i'd get replaced by ashton kutcher. this is hard. how do you roast a meltdown? you're the black sheep of a family responsible for three mighty ducks movies.
you make your own father ashamed that he shares the same fake name as you. >> you're a mess, man. doing your performance, i wish i'd bit my own ears off. you sucked, man. you sucked. >> first off, charlie, i'm 80 years old. you're, what, 47? >> 46. >> how come we look like we went to high school together? we're not that different. you're a rock star from mars. yes, you are. as one rocket man to another, if i may give you my most important piece of advice tonight, never ever forget to book your next rehab stay through
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we asked you at the top of the show what you were doing up at this hour. our producer has a couple answers. >> hey, willie. billy writes, up all nice preparing for my divorce. >> we looked inside the numbers. guys with three names preparing for divorce hearings, we own that audience. we're awfully proud. one more. >> one more from andrew. meteorologist ryan phillips has been great with the weather, but where is bill karins? >> i'm glad you asked that question. bill is now the proud papa tayl sunday, september 18th. 7 pounds, healthy, and happy. congratulations to the karins family. baby number two. taylor bay karins. welcome to the world. "morning joe" starts right now.